WTA Miami: Timea Bacsinszky Cruises Past Margarita Gasparyan

Timea Bacsinszky and Margarita Gasparyan met for the first time for a spot in the third round at the Miami Open. Bacsinszky got off to a great start capitalizing on Gasparyan’s errors. Though the Russian got the break back, there was no stopping the Swiss from reeling off three games in a row to take the first set. Gasparyan was barely present in the second set as Bacsinszky went on to win the match 6-3, 6-1 in 56 minutes.

Gasparyan Pays For Her Poor Serving And Errors

Right from the go, Gasparyan looked to be struggling with getting her first serves in. She was almost made to pay in the first game as she faced break point after a perfectly executed dropshot from Bacsinszky. The Russian came up with a big serve to save it before sealing the game to open the match. Bacsinszky on the other hand was clinical in her service games. It was another struggle for Gasparyan in the third game -- this time hitting errors in a poor game. Bacsinszky pounced on a short ball for a clean backhand winner to set up triple break points. The Russian hit another error off her backhand to hand the break to the Swiss who led 2-1.

As Bacsinszky consolidated the break with ease, Gasparyan had to work hard to hold with the net cord helping her cause, as she reduced the deficit to 2-3. The Swiss who had been in control of the match thus far lost her focus in a shaky game handing break back to the Russian for 3-3. From then on, it was all about the Swiss. Gasparyan played another sloppy game and handed the break and lead to the Swiss. Serving to stay in the set at 3-5, Gasparyan was in all sorts of trouble once again facing two set points. The Russian eventually netted her forehand to give the first set to Bascsinszky, 6-3.

Swiss Was In Full Control

The Russian tried to breathe life into her game by upping her aggression visibly at the start of the second set. It almost paid off as she immediately earned two break points. Bacsinszky, though, was not going to let slip, saving both and another with some good shots to start with a hold. The aggression seemed to fade away as Gasparyan’s woes continued, going down a break to trail 0-2. The 19th seed on the other hand was well in control racing to a 3-0 lead.

It was a bad day at the office for Gasparyan | Photo courtesy of: Christopher Levy
It was a bad day at the office for Gasparyan | Photo courtesy of: Christopher Levy

Even though Gasparyan’s errors were contributing to her downfall, Bacsinszky herself was playing a solid game, adding the occasional dropshots to good effect. It was looking all over for the Russian as she gifted the second break with a double fault to go down 0-4. She did stop the onslaught momentarily, getting on the board for the first time in the second set for 1-5, but the Swiss though went on to comfortably ease into the next round with a straight sets victory.

Match Statistics

Overall, it was poor serving from the Russian, who only managed to get in 48 percent of her first serves, winning 52 percent of them. On the contrary, the Swiss was better off getting in 68 percent of her first serves and winning 82 percent of them. Gasparyan also hit five double faults in the process.

Bacsinszky was also able to break her opponent five times, while the Russian could only convert one out of five opportunities.